Windows 10 is running on over 600 million active devices, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced at a shareholders meeting this week, just over two years into its lifespan.
That’s a lot, right? Let’s look at the how we got to that number. That number isn’t just PCs with Windows 10 installed, but any device running Windows 10. That includes PCs of course, but also tablets, Xbox One consoles, and even the much smaller crowds of phones, HoloLens headsets, and Surface Hub devices. Even so, it’s still a pretty big number.
VentureBeat notes that Windows 7 managed around 525 million computers in the same time frame, so Windows 10 seems to have a lead. But that number includes a full year of free upgrades from Windows 7 to Windows 10, which was a first for the OS, and there are simply just more computers in the world than there were when Windows 7 hit, and more new devices.